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Tractor-Trailer Hits Two Greyhound Buses, Injuring 8

A tractor-trailer collided with two Greyhound buses on a Kentucky highway Thursday, Jan. 4, injuring 8 people. Police in Walton, Kentucky, said that a Greyhound bus carrying 41 passengers had pulled over on the side of the northbound lanes of Interstate 71 due to mechanical problems. A replacement Greyhound bus arrived, and passengers and luggage were moving to the second bus when a tractor-trailer sideswiped both buses. Norla Bennett, 67, was traveling from Birmingham, Alabama, to Toledo, Ohio. She told Cincinnati’s WLWT Channel 5 that she was in the doorway of one of the buses when they were hit. The ... Read More

Fireworks Plant Fined After Blast Causes Worker’s Hand Amputation

A Pennsylvania fireworks manufacturer will pay nearly $15,000 in fines for serious safety violations, some of which resulted in a blast that caused a worker to suffer an accidental amputation of both her hands. The accidental amputation occurred at the Celebrations Fireworks plant in Slatington, Pennsylvania, on June 30. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which investigated the company in response to the accident, said that a worker was inserting a match fuse into a fireworks charge when the product detonated. According to LehighValleyLive.com, OSHA documents say “the fireworks exploded and both of the employee’s hands were amputated.” ... Read More

Coal Miner Deaths Surged in 2017 After Record Lows

The number of coal miner deaths surged in 2017 after hitting record lows in 2015 and 2016. Reporting federal labor statistics, the Associated Press said that 15 coal miner deaths were recorded in 2017. Eight of those coal miner deaths occurred in West Virginia mines; two of the deaths occurred in Kentucky; and there was one coal miner death each in Alabama, Colorado, Montana, Pennsylvania and Wyoming. The spate of coal miner deaths in 2017 is seen by some safety advocates and legislators as an alarming reversal of a coal mine trend brought on by policies instituted after the deadly ... Read More

PA schedules 17 testosterone side effects trials through January 2019

Days after Auxilium Inc., settled a lawsuit over claims its testosterone treatment caused an Alabama man to suffer a stroke, a Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas judge scheduled 17 testosterone side effects trials involving multiple testosterone makers to take place between June and January 2019. The Auxilium trial was scheduled to begin Jan. 8, and was filed in 2014. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge John M. Younge had planned to schedule seven bellwethers during that timeframe, paving the way for a settlement of the nearly 30 cases pending in the court. But instead of making good on a previous ... Read More

New Burn Center Opening in New Orleans

A new burn center will be opening soon in New Orleans, giving many patients along the Gulf Coast a more local option for the treatment of burn injuries. According to The Times-Picayune, the new integrated Burn Center and Level 1 Trauma Center at University Medical Center is expected to open in February or March 2018. The new burn center is a big deal not only for those in the New Orleans area but for the country as well. According to Dr. Jeffrey Carter, the Medical Director of UMC’s Burn Center, there are only 1,900 beds available for patients with burn ... Read More

Auxilium settles testosterone side effects case before trial

Days before Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc., was scheduled to go to court over claims that its testosterone replacement therapy Testim caused an Alabama man to suffer a stroke, the drug company announced it had settled with the plaintiff, the terms of which have not been disclosed. The lawsuit was brought by Robert Hoehl and his wife Kathleen, and the trial was scheduled to begin Jan. 8. At one point, the case was positioned as the lead in a proposed mass tort over testosterone side effects. Hoehl sued Auxilium in 2014 alleging that in October 2011, at the age of 62, he ... Read More

T. Marzetti Recalls Frozen Biscuits Over Listeria Concerns

T. Marzetti Company, the manufacturer of biscuits and other baked goods sold under various brand names, said on Tuesday that it is recalling a number of products because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. So far no illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled products, which are not ready to eat and require cooking, which reduces the risk of causing illness. Still, if the baking instructions are not properly followed or the product is mishandled, the risk of contracting listeriosis remains. Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause serious and sometimes fatal illness in young children, elderly people, and others with ... Read More

Alabama Pilot Killed in Florida Plane Crash

An Alabama pilot who was flying to Florida to visit his son for Christmas was killed when his plane crashed about 50 miles west of Gainesville, Florida, Wednesday, Dec. 20. William “Bill” Greenhaw, 78, departed from Alabama’s Guntersville Municipal Airport around 2:00 Wednesday afternoon in a Beechcraft BE-35. He was bound for Orlando Melbourne International Airport to see his son, who lives in Melbourne, Florida. Bob Martin, the manager of Guntersville Municipal Airport, where Mr. Greenhaw worked, told Huntsville, Alabama’s WHNT Channel 19 that Mr. Greenhaw had made the trip many times before. “He left here two o’clock time frame. ... Read More

OSHA Fines Alabama Dealership After Deadly Flash Fire

Federal authorities cited a Jasper, Alabama, car dealership for willful and serious workplace safety violations after a flash fire broke out in its facility in June 2017, killing three employees and leaving a fourth with critical burn injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that employees of Carl Cannon Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership were using a flammable brake wash to scrub the floor of the service pit. A flame or other heat source met the floor, erupting in a massive flash fire that instantly consumed the service facility. The flash fire fatally burned three workers, Jake Jennings, Javan Robinson ... Read More

Attorneys fight to reinstate $70M talc verdict for ovarian cancer victim’s family

Attorneys for Jacqueline Fox, whose $70 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in 2016 was overturned over questions about jurisdiction, plan to file a motion to transfer her case to the Missouri Supreme Court. The announcement was made this week, after The Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District denied a motion to reinstate the verdict. Fox’s family had sued Johnson & Johnson over claims that prolonged use of the company’s baby powder on her genitals caused her to develop ovarian cancer. The verdict was later overturned based on the Supreme Court ruling in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court, over issues ... Read More